How To Capture Candid Moments | Photography 101

In this video and article, I want to talk about capturing the moment. What I mean by “capturing the moment” is capturing those finite moments that only last a second or two and are gone forever. Maybe it’s the first kiss in a wedding or the game-winning touchdown; whatever the situation, SLR Lounge is here to teach you how.

P.L.A.N.

When capturing a candid moment, it’s important to have a P.L.A.N. (I came up with that myself). P.L.A.N. stands for Prepare, Lock-In, Anticipate, and wait for that “Now” moment.

Prepare

The first letter in my cool acronym is “Prepare,” which simply means bringing and having all the necessary gear you need. Prepare as much as you can by carefully thinking through what tools you’ll need for the job.

Lock-In

Prior to the action and moment, make sure that you dial in your camera settings. If you find yourself in an environment or setting where the scene constantly shifts, there’s no shame in using assisted modes where the camera controls some of the exposure settings. But for the most part, it’s a great habit and discipline to lock-in your settings manually.

Anticipate

After locking in your camera settings, prepare to anticipate the moment. Get yourself into the right area, and have your composition ready. You want to anticipate the action, which then leads you to our final letter.

Now

Once you’ve gotten yourself into the right area, have the composition ready, and settings dialed-in, wait for that “Now” moment to fire your shot.

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Bonus Tip: How To Get A Natural Reaction

Something I do often is I’ll pull one of the subjects aside in a couples shoot and “coach” him or her. In this example, I asked Keith to whisper something in Christine’s ear or give her a little pinch on the butt; anything that creates a natural and genuine reaction to arise.

candid-photosAfter figuring out a strategy, I set up a cue with Keith, and when the “Now” moment is right, I tell Keith to do what we discussed and fire off the shot. Perfect.

CHAPTER 1: BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY CONCEPTS

CHAPTER 2: UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE

CHAPTER 3: FROM AUTO MODES TO MANUAL

CHAPTER 4: SHARP IMAGES AND FOCUSING TECHNIQUES

Chapter 5: COMPOSITION, ARTISTRY, AND CREATING GREAT IMAGES

Chapter 6: LEARNING MORE ABOUT YOUR CAMERA

Chapter 7: BONUS

Total Course Run Time: 6H 30M 21S